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decision hasn't been made on which benefits would be included but the pentagon likely to allow same sex partner to have access to the open base commissary and other pill tear subsidized stores and health and welfare programs. pentagon rehe peeled the ban on openly gay service 16 months ago. >> now to a secret document stirring up so much controvers controversy. confidential justice department memo concludes that the government can order the killing of miles per hour citizen if his they are working with terrorists. the story tonight from abc news reporter jonathan karl. >> one count president obama has already used unmanned cia croan to strike more than 300 suspected terrorists targets. even more than his predecessor. but today we learn just how much authority the administration believes it has to kill without trial or evidence suspected terrorists. even american citizens. newly disclosed justice department document says american citizens tied to al qaeda can be killed if quote an informed high level official believes the target poses an imminent threat. document says it quote does not
in syria. the plan was directed by david petraeus and backed by pentagon leaders and secretary of state hillary clinton. the white house had doubts which rebels could be trusted with the arms. those details came to light during a senate hearing on libya and republicans had some tough questions for panetta, who revealed he and president obama spoke once during the eight-hour benghazi attack that left four americans dead and explained why the pentagon didn't send any war planes. >> reporter: the reason planes were not launched the attack came in two waves in two different locations and after the first wave ended after about an hour and a half they all thought it was over plus he said there wasn't enough actionable intelligence on the ground to act. >> you can't just willy-nilly send f-16s there and blow the hell out of a place without knowing what's taking place. >> reporter: under questioning by republicans secretary panetta and the joint chiefs of staff martin dempsey say they were aware in the months before attack u.s. ambassador chris stevens was worried about s
. administrators at the golden gate area say they have started planning for it. >> the pentagon has grounded it's entire fleet of f-35's after finding a cracked engine blade on one plane. officials say that the problem came to light during a routine inspection at edward's air force base. the announcement as some members of congress have been questioning the cost of the f- 35 program. it's the pentagon's most expensive weapons program at almost $400 billion. >>> right now supporters of drake's oyster bay company are holding a vigil to try to keep the company from shutting down. people have been gathering since 6:45 last night at the sacred heart church and say they will stay there until 6:45 tonight. they say they are praying for the 31 employees who could loose their job if the company is forced to shut down. after the department refused to renew the lease that company took it to court and lawyers have just submitted final arguments. >> two california highway patrol officers are talking about their close call with a mountain lion near sacramento. it started last weekend when the two were sent
to take effect. it will impact virtually every major agency in washington. the pentagon could see roughly half of the reductions and that has republicans upset. >> we're going to begin to unravel the finest military in the history of the world at a time when we need it most. >> reporter: mandatory cuts in domestic spending could also hit americans hard. there could be furloughs of food safety employees, leading to a shortage of meat poultry and eggs and pushing up food prices. 50,000 tsa workers could see their hours cut back that would mean longer security lines for air travelers, and more than 350,000 people who need mental health treatment could be denied. hundreds of thousands of government workers from teachers to federal law enforcement agents are likely to be furloughed. many republicans admit the sequester isn't ideal, but they insist cuts have to be made. >> let me be very clear and i say this to the president as i say it to you, these spending cuts are going to go through on march 1st. >> reporter: the white house warns the cuts would get phased in just a
it will fall below the $1 trillion mark. >> sources tell ap tonight the pentagon is ready to offer limited benefits to same-sex partners of gay service members. likely toin clud health and welfare benefits. dpeens secretary has not made a decision because federal law prohibits him from recognizing same-sex marriages. british lawmakers voted in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage. legislation would enable same-sex couples to get married in civil and religious ceremonies. the prime minister championed the bill despite opposition from within his party. before it becomes plau it must still pass the house of lord autos as we continue here, coming up, governor brown's response to a texas raid on california jobs. >> and >>> because gas prices are high it turns out we're driving less but spending more time in traffic. san francisco oakland area is tied did w.lngs langs for having the second worst congestion if the country behind behind washington, d.c.. a study shows drivers spent 61 hours in traffic jams and wasted $1200 wornl of time and gas. >> texas trying to steal away our jobs, taken to th
are supposed to have in the sierra and it gets worse when you figure out the pentagon of the season. we are more than half and we have until april 1st to get back to normal so we have a lot of snow, or we need a lot but there is not a lot in the forecast. it is dry on radar. 49 in tahoe with sunshine. mid-to-upper 60's central valley and big sur and low do mid 70's around los angeles and palm springs. safe travels. >> okay, not too bad. you can see the headlights emerging from the fog mike has been talking about. it is not limiting the visibility 80 westbound beyond the university overcrossing and to the macarthur maze but know the metering lights are on the scene bay bridge. test drive from the central valley from tray -- tracy and altamont pass. westbound 880, slowing on the approach to the san mateo toll plaza but the bridge is moving nicely itself. >> bart riders could soon pay more for their commute. bart is proposing 5.2 percent increase in fares for 2014 raising the average fare by 18 cents from $3.44 to $3.62. bart says it is necessary to stay on track with inflation. plan would
. if he is elected, he will replace leon panetta just days before massive cuts are due to hit the pentagon. >>> the building is at peer 27 and it will be the america's cup headquarters starting next month. this $90 million project will include arrays village, -- a race village and a place to dock all starting next year and ribbon cutting is set for early this morning. >> there are problems with the commute you should be aware of. and also the motorcycle crash is causing a big backup? >>> they are showing us a huge backup which has resulted in the two lanes being closed for a while and southbound is backed up out of hayward, the accident was near stevenson and the traffic is slow so if you are driving into the area you need to give yourself extra time and just getting onto the freeway you notice it's much more tight. again the lanes have been reopened and the two left lanes were closed near stevenson because of this crash and all lanes are open now but traffic is slow. let's look at the 880 westbound and you can see some traffic, also 880 northbound because of an earlier crash which is now
's choice to run the pentagon is a different story. on thursday, former republican senator hagel, a vietnam verb took fire from members of his own party for his opposition to the 2007 troop surge in iraq. >> were you correct or incorrect when you said that the surge would be the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since vietnam? were you correct or incorrect? >> i am not going for give you a yes-or-no answer --. >> refuse to answer that? >> he was hammered by g.o.p. senators who believe he is soft on iran and too tough on israel and grilled about referring to pro israeli groups at the jewish lobby. >> i should have used another term. i regret it. >> he did not help when he miss stated president obama's position on iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons. >> i have been handed a note that i misspoke and said i supported the president's position on containment. >> despite the bruising hearing, hagel is still likely to be confirmed. if so he will be the first secretary of defense who saw combat as an enlisted soldier. >> thank you. >> 6:18. the weekend is here, it is a super bowl w
. and the funding cuts gethit just one week from today. with the pentagon and other departments already in crisis mode, the white house oannounced thursday the president phoned mitch mcconnell and house speaker john boehner but deliberately avoided saying more. was it simply to restate his position or to reach out to them in the interests of compromise? >> the president spoke with senator mcconnell and the speaker. i have no content to read out to you of those conversations. >> reporter: the two republican leaders pointed out this was the first time the president has reached out to them on the topic of the automatic cuts in two months since the end of 2012. the sequester is set to kick in a week from today will mean $1.2 trillion in across the board cuts. thursday, mr. obama argued to friendly radio hosts that republicans are standing in his way for the wrong reasons. >> their basic view is that nothing is important enough to raise taxes on wealthy individuals or corporations and they would prefer to see these kinds of cuts and that's the thing that binds their party togethe
and services. the move comes 16 months after the pentagon repealed its ban on openly gay service. an announcement is expected in the next few days. >>> white house defending a memo from the department of justice authorizing drone attacks against americans working with terrorists overseas. the memo says such actions are legal under three conditions. if the suspect is engaged in planning operations to kill americans, if it's not possible to capture the suspect before an attack, and if the operation follows u.s. laws and war principles. >> someone who takes up arms against the united states in a war against the united states is an enemy and therefore could be targeted accordingly. >> critics say such an attack would violate the constitutional rights of american terror suspects to a trial by jury. so far there's only one known case of an american targeted with a drone strike, anwar al- awlaki in yemen in 2011. >>> president obama meanwhile set to visit the middle east next month with stops in israel, the west bank and jordan. it would be the first
michelle obama. >> spending cuts are forcing the pentagon to cut its aircraft carrier presence in the persian gulf. >> that is due to congressional fighting over automatic spending cuts in washington. >> plans for the u.s. as harry truman to deploy to the gulf later this week have been cancelled. >> world news and new overnight, new images have been released on iran state tv allegedly showing pictures taken from a u.s. drone captured in 2011. the video shows an aerial view of an airport in a city said to be kandahar , afghanistan. also shows images at a base in eastern iran . >> iran has long claimed did manage to take control of the drone and that is capable launching its own production line for the unman aircraft. u.s. officials say the drone malfunctioned and had to land in iran. >> rescue workers in the solomon islands are having a difficult time reaching remote areas ravaged by yesterday's tsunami. >> this comes at the death toll rose to at least nine people including a child. the tsunami was generated when a powerful 8.0 earthquake hit the town of lata in the easternmost
news. new nuclear test overnight from a defiant north korea. nbc is live at the pentagon. mick, what's the latest? >> reporter: good morning, savannah. we've been here before. this one has set off some serious alarm bells. first of all, early readings indicate that this nuclear device exploded by the north koreans may have been anywhere from three to six times more power than than previous tests. at the same time the north koreans claim they were able to achieve that with a much smaller device. that would indicate that they could be making progress in miniaturizing a nuclear weapon and it could be put on a missile and theoretically launched at the you states. no one is confirming that, but it got everyone's attention. this blast got the immediate and sharp response from the white house. president obama says it threatens. u.s. national security. he says the united states will continue to take steps necessary to defend ourselves and our allies. and as matt mentioned a moment ago, the security council at the u.n. meeting at this moment to discuss tightening and increasing sanctions agai
ballots. >>> "the washington post" reports the pentagon is extending certain benefits to same-sex spouses, it could include housing privileges access to base recreational facilities and joint duty assignments. they are not expected to include health benefits. >>> ryan braun claims he has nothing to hide linked to a miami clinic that allegedly trbted performance-enhancine-enhancing drugs. braun said he used the clinic for consult igss and there was a dispute over monday. >>> the requesting "san francisco chronicle"" says facebook fatigue is settling in. 38% are cutting back and 61% have taken a facebook vacation leaving the site for weeks or longer. >>> "usa today" says chimney sweeps in germany face new competition. many have added to their duties inspecting heating systems and checking for >>> a bit chilly around the bay area, norah, as we have mostly clear skies outside and the sun just coming up on our mount vaca cam looking good there. should be a beautiful day ahead as it looks like this will be the break before we start to see a chance of rain re
. >>> the pentagon is cutting back the number of aircraft carriers in and around the persian gulf from two to one because of budget cuts. the move is expected to save several hundred million dollars. there have been two carriers in the region, though, for the last two years. >>> researchers say there's a new strain of whooping cough out there that may be resistant to the vaccine used for decades. last year was the worst year for whooping cough in the u.s. in more than 50 years. health officials think this new strain may be the reason why. the new germ was first found in france, japan and finland. now it's been found here in the u.s. . and one day after the u.s. postal service announced the end of saturday home mail delivery, in belgium the postal service there is adding something, chocolate flavored stamps. they are especially made to taste and smell like chocolate, definitely worth a second lick. no calories either, i don't think. a massachusetts man hoping his 14-year-old daughter will spend more time hitting the textbooks by staying away from facebook. he drew up a contract and agreed to pay h
those automatic spending cuts. >>> today chuck hagel is taking over at the pentagon after the senate voted 58-41 tuesday to confirm him as defense secretary. he was sworn in this morning. among his big challenges, those looming defense department budget cuts and troop levels in afghanistan. >>> last night in south africa, a private memorial service for model reeva steenkamp. the service planned by olympic runner oscar pistorius who says he shot her by accident on valentine's day. pistorius is charged with premeditated murder. >>> a new honor today for the late civil rights pioneer rosa parks. the unveiling of a statue of her on capitol hill with president obama and congressional leaders taking part. known as the mother of the civil rights movement, rosa parks refused to give up her seat to a white man on a montgomery, alabama, city bus back in 1955. this month marks what would have been her 100th birthday. >>> and nicolas cage was the big winner on a recent high school game show in boston when the host chatted with contestants about movies they like. one team was four for four for ni
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